Federal judge rejects L.A. school district’s bid to stop teachers from striking

With the clock ticking on a strike by teachers in the Los Angeles Unified School District, a federal judge rejected a bid by Superintendent Austin Beutner’s administration to limit or stop the labor action from happening as scheduled this Thursday.

Attorneys for the nation’s second-largest school district went to court Thursday, telling U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew that students with special needs would be denied education services that are guaranteed to them under U.S. law.

Lew swiftly rejected the argument, saying Friday that the district was attempting to bring an unrelated issue into the contract dispute and that it had failed to show how the union, United Teachers Los Angeles, would be liable if special education laws were not followed.

Source: Federal judge rejects L.A. school district’s bid to stop teachers from striking – The Washington Post

Jimmy Kilpatrick, a national recognized professional special education advocate since 1994.

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